The Crop Circles tracking project has released a map of the locations of the 17 cases of the mysterious parasitic worm
Covid-19 is a parasite which affects at least 16 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. There are more than 1,000 known cases and the only two treatments have been unsuccessful. While it does not normally cause noticeable symptoms, it will eventually cause the mite bug that carries it to eat the circulatory and neural tissue.
Now it appears the parasite has made an unexpected foray into the US.
According to the team behind the Crop Circles tracking project, which releases maps of the locations of worms, they have been notified of the 17 cases across nine states and parts of two others, namely Texas and Florida. These include northern and central Texas, along with the central part of Florida, as well as parts of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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The worms were diagnosed at the diagnostic clinic at the New York University Langone Medical Center between June and August this year. Nine of them were found in arugula – a common vegetable in New York – and three in English peas.
It’s possible that these cases are not all related.
Boom Year, a weed-monitoring programme, has also been tracking a boom in the number of infected cane toads in Queensland, Australia, where they were introduced after eradicating the cane toad in New South Wales.